The Enforcement Directorate has arrested an alleged middleman, Gagan Dhawan, in connection with the money laundering case against Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech Limited and others for allegedly cheating PSU banks of ₹5,383 crore.Dhawan, said to have strong links with some influential bureaucrats and politicians, has been arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act as some of the diverted funds purportedly went to him and was used for acquiring properties.The has been registered on a CBI FIR against Sterling Biotech, its directors, in-house chartered accountant and the then Andhra Bank director. It is alleged that the group companies availed themselves of credit facilities of more than ₹5,000 crore from an Andhra Bank-led consortium of PSU banks on the basis of manipulated records and diverted the funds to various entities in India and abroad.Another caseDhawan’s name had figured in another case recently registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation against Sterling Biotech, three senior IRS officials and others.According to that case, the Sandesara group, of which Sterling Biotech is a flagship company, had been acting as “a depository for receiving funds on behalf of persons, including public servants, and for further delivery to them at a place of convenience. The evidence collected by the Income Tax Department showed corruption of various public servants, including three senior IRS officers.”It is alleged that the funds received from corrupt bureaucrats were diverted through “middlemen” like Dhawan, who got them invested in properties.Under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, the ED had in August carried out searches against Dhawan and a former Delhi Congress leader Sumesh Shokeen, who is a property dealer.
New Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee today complimented the Red Cross for its “invaluable” work during disasters and in crisis management especially when so-called man-made disasters are the order of the day.The work of the Red Cross in risk reduction, capacity building, humanitarian logistics, development work, disaster and crisis management has been invaluable in providing relief and succour across the world, Mukherjee said while presiding over the ceremonial session of the Annual General Meeting of Indian Red Cross Society and St John Ambulance (India).Noting that migration – whether internal or across borders is always a cause of concern, he said in such situations the need is not only of material relief and involvement of well-trained volunteers but also for hands-on support by society at large delivered in a sensitive and humane manner.The President also presented awards for the best performing branches and distinguished Red Cross and St John volunteers and workers and said that the awards are a fitting recognition of the outstanding work of individuals and organisations in relief and rescue, promoting health, providing care to the vulnerable and advancing these objectives by educating communities.He stressed the vast country needs more numbers ? more skilled human resources – not only for times of trouble but also when normalcy prevails – to help bring our governments social programmes within reach of the target communities.He lauded the exercise made by the Indian Red Cross Society to join the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” programme and the “Swachh Bharat” initiative.advertisement”In our country, especially, where economic, educational and social diversities often present difficulties in implementation of national developmental programmes, the involvement of volunteers and voluntary organisations in addressing these challenges is very helpful indeed,” he said.The President also encouraged involvement of the younger generations in programmes for small children and the aged and said with greater numbers of students joining the Indian Red Cross and the St John Ambulance, a key aspect of their overall education will be achieved.”Capacity development at school level should inculcate, at a tender age, the values of selfless service to society; these values should make our children sensitive and alert to social ills so that they can focus on these in a positive way and contribute to the development of innovative solutions,” the President said.Mukherjee commended the role of blood banks operated by the Red Cross and said “a drop from you voluntarily can convert the drop into an ocean and if we have this approach there will be no dearth for creating an ocean of kindness, sympathy and understanding for the more vulnerable sections of the society”. PTI SKL KUN ZMN KUN
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State’s season came crashing down on Saturday. The Buckeyes were blown out by unranked Purdue, losing 49-20 in West Lafayette.While the Buckeyes aren’t eliminated from the College Football Playoff, their margin for error is razor thin. Ohio State has to win out and win the Big Ten title game to have a shot at cracking the four-team field.As you might imagine, many OSU fans are frustrated. Some are calling for the dismissal of associate head coach/defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.Schiano’s defense has come under fire this season, because the unit has struggled with allowing chunk plays even in wins. Last night was the culmination of those struggles, as the Buckeyes allowed over 600 yards of total offense.Greg Schiano’s defense also made a ton of mental errors in this game. Two defenders covering in the same space, keying run on play-action (not RPOs). pic.twitter.com/VhiUKjkt79— Ollie Connolly (@OllieConnolly) October 21, 2018A quick search of Schiano’s name on Twitter reveals plenty of fans calling for his head. He’s not a popular guy in Columbus right now.Ohio State has a bye week to work on its problems before returning to action against Nebraska on Nov. 3. The Buckeyes still have a pair of huge games on the schedule against Michigan and Michigan State.If they can’t get their defense in gear, it could be a rough finish.
The move is expected to reduce harmful emissions and save on fuel costs for the company, which is a leading distributor of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and the primary manufacturer and distributor of industrial and medical gases. “I want to congratulate IGL… . As Minister… I truly appreciate the move, or any initiative that seeks to reduce our carbon footprint,” Dr. Wheatley said. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, has commended IGL Limited for being the first company in Jamaica to introduce liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel its vehicles. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, has commended IGL Limited for being the first company in Jamaica to introduce liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel its vehicles.The gas distributor on April 5 launched three LNG-powered tractor heads at Devon House in St. Andrew. The fuel is supplied by New Fortress Energy.The move is expected to reduce harmful emissions and save on fuel costs for the company, which is a leading distributor of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and the primary manufacturer and distributor of industrial and medical gases.“I want to congratulate IGL… . As Minister… I truly appreciate the move, or any initiative that seeks to reduce our carbon footprint,” Dr. Wheatley said.He noted that such a launch by IGL demonstrates the company’s commitment to energy efficiency and to the Government’s overall energy policy developed in 2009, which speaks to energy diversification.That policy provides a framework for the sustainable management of energy resources and the development of viable renewable energy resources, with the latter expected to represent no less than 20 per cent of the energy mix by 2030.The Minister pointed out that LNG is the better choice of fuel, as it is efficient and is extremely suitable for long-distant movements.“The move to LNG is not purely by chance. We’re seeing that in a number of developed countries they are looking to transfer from the traditional fuel to LNG,” he said, while emphasising the Government’s commitment to energy security.IGL General Manager, Wayne Kirkpatrick, said the use of LNG to fuel its tractor heads is part of the company’s Clean Air Initiative aimed at reducing its carbon footprint, while protecting people and the environment.“Jamaica’s National 2030 Development Plan recommends that, as a country, we create prosperity through the sustainable use and management of our natural resources,” he noted.Data provided by Mr. Kirkpatrick indicates that LNG vehicles reduce 20 to 45 per cent of smog-producing pollutants and about five to nine per cent less of greenhouse gas emissions.“Thus, LNG gas-fired power is more competitive when long-term costs associated with climate change and the impact of air pollution, both on people and the environment, are included,” he said.For his part, owner of New Fortess Energy, Wes Edens, said that IGL’s use of LNG mirrors his company’s own foray into the natural gas business in order to reduce energy costs while providing environmental benefits.Mr. Edens argued that the transportation industry consumes more fuel than the electricity sector and IGL’s move “is a real beacon of hope in terms of what can happen here in Jamaica”.New Fortress is transforming Jamaica’s energy sector, converting Jamaica Public Service’s (JPS) Bogue plant in St James from diesel fuel to LNG.The company is undertaking the development of the JPS’s 190-megawatt power plant at Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine, and, in December, broke ground for a 94-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant at Jamalco in Clarendon.Mr. Edens informed that his company’s LNG terminal is expected to be fully operational by year end.He indicated that other partnerships to provide LNG for the transportation sector are to come on stream shortly.
Helping Children Studies show that exposure to family violence puts children at higher risk for victimization, delinquency, criminal activity, and violent behaviour. These children need a safe environment in which to express their feelings and get the help they need to break the cycle of violence and victimization that repeats itself in generation after generation. The province will expand its Criminal Injuries Counselling Program, now primarily focused on direct victims of crime, to cover young children who witness family violence. Along with funding support, counsellors will be required to have training in therapeutic approaches specific to counselling children, such as play therapy. Ways to involve the parent or family member who was the victim of the abuse will also be incorporated. As well, the province is developing information to share with justice partners to encourage and support the testimony of vulnerable witnesses, particularly children. The goal is to ensure that the court process does not cause undue stress or harm to a child and to support the child’s ability to give accurate, reliable testimony. Increasing Support for Victims of Domestic Violence The province is building on its efforts to increase support services for victims of family violence, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. The plan is for a comprehensive approach, based on partnerships within government and with community agencies. This comprehensive approach will include continuing to implement the “high-risk domestic violence case co-ordination protocol” to increase safety. This will include implementation of the new validated Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment tool. As well, annual training to justice stakeholders will continue to be provided and information and approaches developed to change attitudes and misconceptions about family violence, sexual assault and violence against women Holding Offenders Accountable to Victims The province expects offenders to pay for their crimes in more ways than one. Beyond sentencing, offenders will be expected to compensate their victims for losses when the court orders them to do so. A Restitution Collection Program will be developed that includes measures to improve collection rates and gathers and reports statistics on the frequency and amounts of restitution ordered by the courts. Investment:– Counselling for Children, $175,000– Support for Vulnerable Witnesses, $22,000– Support for Victims of Domestic Violence and Violence Against Women, $60,000– Restitution Collection Program, $50,000Sites:Provincial focus for all new supportsStrategy Link: Prevention, see page 55, Intervention, see page 46, Enforcement, see page 36, Time to Fight Crime Together. The complete crime prevention strategy is available online at www.gov.ns.ca . -30-
SAINT-GABRIEL-DE-BRANDON, Qc – A 52-year-old man is scheduled to appear in a Joliette, Que., court on Tuesday morning in connection with a fatal weekend fire.The body of a 22-year-old woman was discovered in the rubble of a fire at a restaurant-bar in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, about 90 kilometres north of Montreal.When the body of employee Chloe Bellehumeur-Lemay was found, police believed she had died in the fire.But provincial police say her body bore signs of violence and they now suspect the fire at Resto-bar 239 was lit to conceal a homicide.An unidentified suspect was arrested Monday at his home in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon.He was to remain in custody pending his court appearance. There was no immediate information on the charges he faces.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Bruce Carson, a former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been charged with influence peddling by the RCMP.The RCMP said in a statement, that Carson, 66, allegedly “accepted a commission from a third-party in connection with a business matter relating to the government.” The RCMP said Carson had been charged with one count of “fraud on the government, also known as influence peddling.”The RCMP said in the statement that the investigation begin on March 2011 after the RCMP received a referral from the Prime Minister’s Office.An APTN National News report into Carson’s activities triggered the PMO’s request the RCMP look into the issue.Carson is scheduled to appear in Ottawa court on Sept. 10, 2012.
APTN National NewsA new report shows more Canadians are relying on food banks now more than ever before.The report was released Tuesday by Food Banks Canada.APTN National News reporter Nigel Newlove has this story.
(Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a previous visit to the Vatican. PMO/Handout)APTN National News OTTAWA—The Harper government again ducked questions from the NDP on whether the prime minister will ask the Pope to apologize for the Church’s involvement in Indian residential schools during a planned meeting Thursday.Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to meet with the Pope in Vatican City during a two day stop in Italy. Harper is scheduled to meet with the Pope on the seventh anniversary of the prime minister’s residential school apology.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) called for Pope Francis to apologize within a year for the treatment of Indigenous children at Catholic-run Indian residential schools.NDP leader Thomas Mulcair pressed the federal government on the issue during question period Wednesday.“The prime minister is scheduled to meet…the Pope at the Vatican tomorrow. Will the prime minister ask Pope Francis to apologize on behalf of the Church for its involvement in the horrors of residential schools?” said Mulcair.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Barnard Valcourt ducked the question and again repeated talking points stating that he has written to the provinces, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Vatican on the TRC’s recommendations.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is also calling on Harper to ask the Pope for an apology.“June 11 is the seventh anniversary of the prime minister’s own apology for residential schools and it is an appropriate time for the prime minister to make this request,” said AFN spokesperson Don Kelly.At least, 3,500 children died at residential schools, mostly from tuberculosis. Many are buried in unmarked graves scattered across the country.APTN has obtained historical documents showing the upper echelons of the Church in Canada were directly involved in the operations of Indian residential schools. The Church used TB-infected children as pawns in a battle to have Ottawa send sick children from Catholic schools to Catholic sanatoriums.Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast has told APTN requesting an apology from the Pope is “asking for too much.”The Pope could visit Canada as early as 2017, said Prendergast.The Vatican embassy in Ottawa has said it sent the TRC’s report to Rome.Letter from Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt to VaticanDownload (PDF, Unknown)firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews
Ahmedabad: A Gujarat family, to fulfill the wish of their son suffering from learning disabilities, organised a lavish wedding for him, with all the usual fun and frolic, but without a bride. The unique, “bride-less” wedding of Ajay Barot (27) was held on May 10 in Champlanar village near Himmatnagar town of north Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district. The Barot family spent over Rs 2 lakh on the “wedding” so that his “childhood wish” to get married got fulfilled, said family members. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghOn the day of his wedding, Ajay, clad in sherwani with a garland around his neck, led the procession through the village on a horse. “Since Ajay is mentally challenged, we knew that he may never get a bride. But he always used to ask us about when he would get married. He has attended many wedding ceremonies, and used to dance joyously in them. After attending them, he used to ask about his own marriage,” said Ajay’s uncle Kamlesh Barot. Due to his learning disabilities, Ajay never got formal education. Ajay’s father Vishnubhai Barot works as a conductor with Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. “Just to make Ajay happy, the entire Barot family decided to organise the wedding. Since Vishnubhai’s income is limited, we came together and spent over Rs 2 lakh,” Kamlesh said. “Except for a bride, there was everything. Dance and garba programmes, fine clothes, photographers and all the rituals associated with a proper marriage. We even distributed wedding cards to 800 people and organised a lavish feast,” he added.
By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – Morocco was Italy’s favorite non-European vacation destination in 2015, according to new data released by Italy’s National Institute of Statistics.Though Italians preferred to vacation domestically – 81 percent of trips were made to other cities in Italy – 6 percent of trips were to Morocco and 3.2 percent to the United States. However, Italians preferred to stay in the European Union during a majority of their trips abroad. The institute noted the effect of Milan’s International Expo in May 2015 on travel patterns, adding that 72 percent of trips made to participate in a cultural show or exhibition were made in relation to the mega-event, themed “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”A short ferry-ride away from Spanish shores, Morocco’s historical architecture and natural beauty attract millions of tourists every year. The country’s popularity amongst foreigners seeking a ‘desert experience’ has garnered the attention of the Saudi Arabian Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.“There’s no doubt that Morocco is among the leading countries, if not the leader, in desert tourism,” Prince Sultan said during his open remarks for a workshop examining the Moroccan desert experience earlier this week. “The similarities in the Saudi and Moroccan experiences are in terms of the rural population, villages and communities. In both experiences, there’s originality and hospitality, which are the most important components of tourism.”The workshop was part of an initiative by the commission to grow Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry and aid desert villages by providing them with an additional source of income.Prince Sultan said the push will lead to the preservation of heritage sites; a welcome effort, as the desert Kingdom has been widely criticized for ramping up the destruction of historical sites in Mecca and Medina due to doctrinal differences and capacity issues related to high numbers of Hajj and umrah travelers.
SECAUCUS, N.J. — New Jersey’s governor says his state could be the top sports betting market in the nation as soon as next year.Speaking at the Betting On Sports America conference, Democrat Phil Murphy predicted New Jersey’s fast growing sports betting market could surpass that of Nevada by next year.In the 10 months that New Jersey has allowed legal sports betting, gamblers have wagered more than $2.3 billion.Nevada took more than $5 billion in bets last year.Gambling analyst Chris Grove says it’s possible that New Jersey could become the top market next year based on its larger population, drive-in bettors from New York, and a thriving mobile sports betting industry.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsWayne Parry, The Associated Press
The UK is expected to be overtaken by Australia as the second most popular country in the world for international students, according to researchers, who warned Brexit could have a further impact.While the US remains the most popular destination for overseas students, recent trends indicate that the UK could be pushed into third place – if it hasn’t already.A paper published by the Centre for Global Higher Education shows that between 2011 and 2015, the numbers of international students going to the US for higher education rose by around 198,000 (27.9%), while UK numbers rose by about 11,000 (2.6%).Over the same period, the numbers going to Australia increased by almost 32,000 (12%), according to the research, which is based on an analysis of UNESCO data on international studentsAdditional figures for Australia show a rise of around 41,000 in 2016, compared to 2015 (about 14%).The paper says that further figures from Australia indicate a growth in numbers again in 2017 and 2018.”In 2015, the UK received 136,000 more students than Australia,” it says. “But when full figures for 2018 are available they will show that if the UK is still ahead of Australia the gap is only slight. In fact, Australia may have already passed UK.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Professor Simon Marginson, author of the study, said: “Australian numbers are growing at 12-14% a year – while the UK is standing still.”Unless UK policy changes tack, the nation will continue to lose global market share. When the data for 2018 come in, it is possible that Australia will have already passed the UK in total international student numbers (both Europe and rest of world together).”The UK remains strong in Europe, but its position in Europe will take a hit after Brexit. It looks certain Australia will be world number two by 2019, with the UK falling to number three.”The government has announced that for the 2019/20 academic year – the year after Brexit – EU students starting courses at English universities will still be eligible for the same student loans and tuition fee rates as home students. Figures published by UCAS earlier this month showed that, as of the end of June, the number of EU students submitting applications to study at UK universities this autumn has risen by two percent to 50,130, while a record 75,380 students from countries outside the EU have submitted applications – up six percent on last year.Andrew Norton, Higher Education Program Director for the Grattan Institure in Australia, told The Telegraph the “Australian international student market is still growing strongly”.Noting that the most important criteria for students is how welcoming a country is, he added: “Sydney and Melbourne in particular are seen as very welcoming.”He also pointed out that “it is still relatively easy to stay in Australia after graduating for students taking higher education courses”.”About 42,000 2-4 year work visas were granted to former international students from 1 July 2017 to 30 April 2018,” he said.Universities Australia’s chief executive Belinda Robinson said the growth in the international student market reflected the quality that was on offer.”We have almost doubled enrolments over the past decade and built international education into Australia’s third-largest export sector,” Ms Robinson told ABC News in April.”This supports Australian communities, jobs, regional economies and our relationships in the world.”
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 1 May 2019, 7:52 AM Short URL 7,246 Views https://jrnl.ie/4613977 We showed there are soldiers willing to defend the constitution, and there are many more.The opposition plans to hold a massive May Day protest in Caracas, where Maduro will also lead a rival rally. Source: Getty/Tns‘Definitive phase’The government suspended broadcasts from BBC Mundo, CNN International and a Caracas radio station, local media and the National Union of Press Workers said.The Lima Group of mostly Latin American countries announced an emergency meeting in Lima on Friday to discuss the crisis.Tensions in Venezuela have been ratcheted up to a critical level this year, after Guaidó announced on 23 January that he was the acting president under the constitution. He said Maduro had been fraudulently re-elected last year.Although Trump has repeatedly said “all options” are on the table regarding Venezuela – including, implicitly, military action – there has been no noticeable US military mobilization.Instead, Washington has upped the economic pressure, through sanctions aimed at Maduro’s regime and by cutting sales of Venezuelan oil – its main revenue earner.© – AFP 2019 Source: Juan Guaidó Marquez/YouTubeDEMONSTRATORS CLASHED WITH police on the streets of the Venezuelan capital, spurred by opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s call on the military to rise up against President Nicolás Maduro – who said he had defeated an attempted coup.An apparently carefully planned attempt by Guaidó to demonstrate growing military support disintegrated into rioting as palls of black smoke rose over eastern Caracas.Yesterday evening, Maduro declared victory over the uprising – congratulating the armed forces for having “defeated this small group that intended to spread violence through putschist skirmishes”.“This will not go unpunished,” Maduro said in an address broadcast on television and the radio. Source: Juan Guaidó/Twitter 49 Comments (Prosecutors) will launch criminal prosecutions for the serious crimes that have been committed against the constitution, the rule of law and the right to peace.Maduro has also denied claims by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he had intended to flee to Cuba in the midst of a military uprising against him. Mike Pompeo said that… Maduro had a plane ready to take him to Cuba but the Russians prevented him from leaving the country. Mister Pompeo, please, this really is a joke.Guaidó had been immediately backed by the US, where President Donald Trump said in a tweet Washington was standing behind the Venezuelan people and their “freedom.”He rallied his supporters with an early morning video message that showed him – for the first time – with armed troops he said had heeded months of urging to join his campaign to oust Maduro.The 35-year-old National Assembly leader was filmed outside the La Carlota air base, where he asked the armed forces inside to join him. May 1st 2019, 7:52 AM By AFP Guaidó claimed the move was the “beginning of the end” of Maduro’s regime, and there was “no turning back.” Maduro denies plans to flee Venezuela as Juan Guaidó calls on military to revolt Guaidó claimed this was the “beginning of the end” of Maduro’s regime, and there was “no turning back.” Share2 Tweet Email Mañana continuamos con la ejecución de la #OperaciónLibertad. Iniciamos la fase final y estaremos de forma sostenida en las calles hasta lograr el cese de la usurpación. ¡Vamos con todo, con más fuerza y determinación!#ConTodoPaLaCalle https://t.co/ep1vC824j6— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) May 1, 2019
<> 1/17″Don’t Go Here” is the perfect name for a planet full of deadly alien beasts. Anyone who visits this deserves what they get. 1/17There may be quintillions of planets in this universe but a good percentage of these are named Harambe, the gorilla that was shot by zoo workers a few months ago. 1/17The No Man’s Sky creators keeps tabs on all the planet names being chosen, and they pointed out that one of the first ones that reviewers went for was Poopland. “Journalists ¯\_(シ)_/¯” 1/17Got the time to explore this planet and be among the living? Planet Anthrax may be for you. 1/17Planet Fourtwenty. Because when you reach a planet whose weather is “Baked” , what else can you call it? 1/17Planet No New Friends. The loneliest planet in the galaxy. 1/17A Doctor Who fan named their first planet Gallifrey after the Time Lords’ home world. 1/17This orange mess of a planet is named Trump. “Nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.” 1/17When the No Man’s Sky devs stopped by the Colbert Show, he got to name his own planet and universe. Hopefully he’s jumped back online to claim them again after the wipe! 1/17In case anyone needed a second inhabitable frozen world to reside in, here’s Alaska 2. 1/17Planet Smurf isn’t quite as blue as we expected, but it no doubt has plenty of little creatures running around it. 1/17Again, if you hand journalists a game they will do everything they can to make it silly. Welcome to Big Buttistan. 1/17Not sure if Purge Planet means that everything kills one another one day a year, or that they’re always throwing up. Probably the latter, from the look of things. 1/17If you were thinking of naming your homeworld “Planet McPlanetyface”, you’re not alone in the universe. The devs have pointed out they were up to Planet McPlanetyface 5 before the wipe. 1/17While the majority of gamers seem to be concerned with thinking up silly names, at least one thoughtful player named a planet in honor of his mother who had recently passed away. 1/17Planet ^$#%@*^(*!! Try to name a planet with curse words and you’ll get this message instead. Keep it clean out there! 1/17Planet Hell’s Gate is the perfect name for anything this hot. Sheesh. No Man’s Sky is out now, and with it an abrupt tempering of wild speculative expectations against the limit of a small team’s scope and the possibilities of procedural generation. The hype around the game has been pretty crazy, but for once it doesn’t seem to be because of developers over-promising.A game the size of a galaxy, generating star systems and planets on the fly to let players explore a space astronomically larger than Earth itself, is bound to attract gamers with high hopes. Sony highlighted No Man’s Sky as a major title for the PlayStation 4, but developer Hello Games has consistently tried to frame the title as a small team’s fairly ambitious project. It’s a game with scope, but it didn’t ever promise any particular amount of depth.Hello Games founder Sean Murray hit Reddit yesterday for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread where he answered gamers’ questions. Here are some of the highlights of that thread. The top question was, of course, about the hype surrounding No Man’s Sky.No Man’s Sky as released is what No Man’s Sky was intended to beNo Man’s Sky was never intended to be an action-packed mutliplayer extravaganza or an incredibly deep exploration of astronomical physics. Murray noted that Hello Games always planned for the game to be a laid back, calm voyage of exploration. Around when he held the AMA, Murray put up a post on the No Man’s Sky blog about what exactly you do in the game and why. At heart, Hello Games intended for No Man’s Sky to be a “very very chill game.”I think really close… I think? I was kinda posting about that today, going back to early versions of the game: The blog post goes into more detail, including addressing what the game is against what the expectations of it might be.“…maybe isn’t the game you *imagined* from those trailers. If you hoped for things like pvp multiplayer or city building, piloting freighters, or building civilizations… that isn’t what NMS is. Over time it might become some of those things through updates.At launch though, it’s an infinite procedural sci-fi-space-survival-sandbox unlike anything you have ever played before. If you decide to play it, you’ll see just how closely it plays to those trailers, and to our original vision. It’s a weird game, it’s a niche game and it’s a very very chill game.”The hype got out of controlWith Sony backing the game and highlighting it at E3 and so much potential of exploration behind the concept, hype for No Man’s Sky exploded. Most of the hype was speculative, however, and each public appearance and demo seemed to just add to the speculation about what might be in the game rather than what Hello Games specifically said was in the game.“It’s catch 22, if we hadn’t announced when we did, we probably would have quit the project without the community supporting us… Every time we showed the game we always assumed people would suddenly not like it anymore… but instead the hype would just get crazier. In an alternate timeline, imagine if we could just be showing it for the first time tonight and launching tomorrow? Imagine how fun that would have been…”[About the /r/nomansskythegame subreddit] “Some of the team read it for sure, and then post me the weirdest stuff 🙂 OK so I’ll admit there have been times, my lowest on the project, where I’ve looked at the subreddit and it’s cheered me up and kept me going. But there have been times I’ve looked on there and despaired – and just thought “how can we ever live up to the expectations of people who having been waiting for this game for 3 years”Beards and FOVFanboys are giant dorks, and Murray’s beard and checkered shirt became a sort of uniform for promoting the game.“So basically my beard is a disguise. I’m totally going to shave it off when this game is done, and burn every check shirt I own (5?) and hopefully no one will ever shout “No Man’s Sky FOV Slider?” at me in the street. ever. again. in. my. life.”Are we all playing No Man’s Sky right now?This metaphysical theoretical physics question has been around longer than No Man’s Sky has been in development, but with a game that procedurally generates a space the size of a galaxy in a computer, it’s bound to come up. Murray’s response didn’t provide many answers.“So Elon Musk asked me this (NAME DROP!). I said if I was Elon Musk, then I’d be pretty sure it was right? Like load up the holodeck with the disk where I get to colonise mars and make self driving cars… So I think he almost certainly is, and then I’m an AI bot I guess? In his simulation? Controlled by a giant AI that’s smirking to itself whilst I give this answer….”Hello Games is already working on another gameHello Games will keep supporting No Man’s Sky, and an update to add buildable bases and freighters is already planned, but the developer is also working on a new game. Murray hopes the development and ongoing support will work together.“…there are other ideas we’ve got rattling around in our heads too. I think video games is just such a largely unexplored field. There’s very few studios that pull off the two game thing, but supporting one game and then kicking off something new – that’s doable right?Sh*t, I just remembered, we’ve got another thing we’re already working on that’s unannounced. It’s a small experiment, but hopefully you all might like it :)”General technical detailsYes, big monsters are in the game.The PS4 and PC universes are running on separate servers and won’t be linked.Hello Games is working on FOV options, and hopes people will stop asking about it.An API is possible, but not planned quite yet.Finally, Sean Murray might have a date!In which developer Sean Murray presumably learns that replying to a Reddit user named “SeanMurrayInsideMe” might not have been the best idea.We wish him luck.
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Marco Asensio can’t imagine life at Real Madrid without the Cristiano Ronaldo and believes that it is imperative that they hold on to him this summerThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future has been in heavy doubt recently after his comments in Real’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in last month’s Champions League final caused concern among the club’s supporters.“It was beautiful to be at Real Madrid,” he said.Following these comments, Ronaldo has been linked with transfers to his old club Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.It is understood that the 33-year-old is frustrated by Real’s failure to hand him a new and improved contract, as promised, after his 15 goals in the Champions League this season played a critical role in securing the capital club their third consecutive European crown.Asensio, who has played alongside Ronaldo at Real for the past two years, is hoping that all this uncertainty can be resolved soon.“I can’t imagine myself playing without him,” he told Marca.“He has been, is, and will be very important for us and he and Madrid must always go forward hand in hand.”
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday nominated Joe Driskill, executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and the Leonard Wood Institute, to become the state’s first military advocate.The position was established in legislation enacted last year creating the office of military advocate to promote the military services, installations and defense industries within Missouri, home to Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood. The advocate will serve as the liaison between state and federal branches of government, and keep Missouri officials and defense communities informed regarding BRAC actions and potential downsizing. The office also is tasked with creating a strategic plan to sustain the military’s presence.“Missouri has long given strong and non-partisan support for the mission of the U.S. military and its facilities here, and there is no person more qualified to spearhead our ongoing efforts than Joe Driskill,” Nixon said, according to a press release. “His extensive experience in economic development and specifically in working with the military and the greater Fort Leonard Wood community is invaluable.”The Leonard Wood Institute is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the Army’s mission at Fort Leonard Wood. The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership — a subsidiary of the institute — collaborates with the post, Missouri’s congressional delegation, state leaders and others to support the installation and improve the region’s business climate.Driskill was director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development from 1993 to 2003 and executive director of the Missouri Technology Corp. from 2003 to 2005. Last June, Driskill was elected to ADC’s board of directors.The governor nominated Driskill as military advocate for a term ending March 3, 2022. The action is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, according to the release. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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